A librarian at the Boston Public Library.

Being a Victorian Librarian Was Oh-So-Dangerous

In the late 19th century, more women were becoming librarians. Experts predicted they would suffer ill health and breakdowns.
The Hollywood Ten await fingerprinting by the U.S. Marshals Service, stemming from communist suspicions, November 1947.

Making the Movies Un-American

How Hollywood tried to fight fascism and ended up blacklisting suspected Communists.

The Healing Buzz of "Drunk History"

Sweet, filthy, and forgiving, it’s a corrective to the authoritative, we-know-better tone of most historical nonfiction.
Graceland's living room.

Going to Graceland

The makers of the documentary “The King” turn to Elvis Presley to understand something about the state of the country.

Rereading Childhood Books Teaches Adults About Themselves

Whether they delight or disappoint, old books provide touchstones for tracking personal growth.
Image from the cover of the Hammacher Schlemmer Spring 2016 catalog.

The World’s Most Peculiar Company

How does Hammacher Schlemmer, famous for such eccentric products as the Navigable Water Park, continue to survive in the age of Amazon?
Several volumes of the Oxford English Dictionary on a shelf.

The Draconian Dictionary Is Back

Since the 1960s, the reference book has cataloged how people actually use language, not how they should. That might be changing.
The Agnes Scott team: Katherine Bell, Karen Gearreald, Malinda Snow, and Betty Butler.

The Greatest Upset in Quiz Show History

Agnes Scott vs. Princeton, GE College Bowl, 1966.
The FBI's official anti-piracy warning.

How 1960s Film Pirates Sold Movies Before the FBI Came Knocking

The FBI storms a suspect's property, guns drawn. The crime? Film piracy.
Photograph of writer H. L. Mencken (1928).

The Strange Decline of H.L. Mencken

No American writer has wielded such influence. So why is he so little known today?
Men repair binoculars at Navy Yard (April 30, 1926).

Defining Privacy—and Then Getting Rid of It

The beginnings of the end of private life in the late nineteenth century.
Charles Murray.

The White Man, Unburdened

How Charles Murray stopped worrying and learned to love racism.